Thailand to reinforce cyber security

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Bangkok – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha says draft laws on cyber security and data protection need to be passed soon to enable Thailand to trade with the rest of the world more effectively.

During a national cyber security committee meeting, the premier urged the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Electronic Transactions Development Agency to complete the draft laws on cyber security and data protection in a timely manner.

He said this is to increase Thailand’s competitive edge in trade and to align online security and personal data protection with global standards.

Gen Prayut also stressed the need to develop a contingency plan to deal with possible cyber threats and to protect online data concerning national security, transportation, public health, banking, the stock market and energy.

According to Digital Economy and Society Minister, Pichet Durongkaveroj, a temporary cyber protection unit will be set up to tackle cybercrime.

To reinforce cyber security in the short term, the ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Capacity Building Center will be set up in Thailand to provide online security training to 1,000 selected individuals, which will cost Thailand about 350 million baht.